We are all volunteers, advocates for our community and moving forward into the future free from our polluted past.
2016 was the wake-up call when concerned citizens came together, and with a united force, got the largest methanol refinery in the world to back out of the deal they had with the Port of Tacoma. Proudly, Tacoma showed the world that we were no longer going to be in the shadow of Seattle, polluting industries will no longer be welcome in our port.
Politicians showed their true colors last year when Save Tacoma Water collected 17,000 signatures on a pair of water protection petitions, and were sued for their efforts. The water protection petitions were tossed off the ballot causing new ideas to emerge to take control of our destiny, here in the City of Destiny.
Taking over the council with five votes became a goal. Then in December, a politician resigned from office, to avoid the 10-consecutive term limits put into the Tacoma City Charter by a vote of the people in 1973. The glaring loophole exploited by one politician now opened the door for all incumbents in future years, to resign to restart the term limit clock. Essentially, term limits for Tacoma politicians became extinct as the charter is silent on how long a break in service should be before returning to the city council.
As concerned citizens in Tacoma, Washington, we are interested in ending the term limit loophole and filed a citizen initiative to amend the Tacoma City Charter.
Initiative 8 needs 17,000 signatures by July 7, 2017.
Who are we? We will be the ones with the i8 term limit petitions in our community, so please join us, or at the very least, sign i8, and let the people decide.
Signing the petition is not a sign of support or not for term limits, it is a signature that simply puts the issue before all the voters in November.
Let the people decide!